Are Churches Open to Apologetics?

Are Churches Open to Apologetics?

Are Churches Open to Apologetics?

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Are churches familiar with Christian apologetics? Are they open to defending the claims of Christianity with their congregations? How can we encourage the Church to embrace Christian Case Making? J. Warner joins a conference panel from his time serving with Stand to Reason to answer these questions.


12 thoughts on “Are Churches Open to Apologetics?

  1. Jerry W

    I mentioned Christian apologetics to some people in my Baptist Church and they were ice cold towards it thinking I was bringing a heretical doctrine into the church.

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  2. Mark Horton

    We are commanded to teach all nations. Just telling some people that I believe in God won't help them. They need to see why they should believe that God and the Gospel are true.

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  3. mrsteresa1999

    Hi Jim

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  4. Kefodile Buti Mphahlele

    Sometimes I think the word apologetics only exist on the internet or outside the church walls. Because we can argue and seem to be agreeable and above board on certain Christian practices above the surface. But once you are worn into the the church you start to find out it's not that accomodating after all, they want things done their way and only their way is the correct way. Anything apologetic or questioning the church practices & policies is labelled heretic.

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  5. Jerry Bush

    Apologetics is starting to come along, however there are still ignorant Christians out there that sadly do not know what they believe. Up until a couple of years ago, my own knowledge of Christian history was very scant and what little I did know was from the early 1600s to now but mostly from the mid-1800s to now.
    Just like I was, many people have a big historical blank space that begins at the end of the first century CE to basically about 200 years ago. Quite a lot of Christians just do not know their history.
    I think we should start some sort of history class in our churches. Once people become more knowledgeable about their faith, then we can begin to teach them how to defend it properly.

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  6. Sean Patterson

    To make a case for apologetics to the portion of the church that doesn't see the value of it is to emphasize that this is a way of loving people. When Jesus told us to love others I think you can look at how we are to love God, with all of our hearts, minds, and souls. So if we are to love God that way, I think we should love others the same which includes their minds.

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  7. Dirk Platinum

    Too many apologists including big name famous ones get applauded when all they do is talk in circles and say nothing .

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  8. BigIdeaSeeker

    Apologists need to understand that while apologetics work for some people (perhaps a personality type), for others it doesn’t and can even be counterproductive. The acrobatics used to defend the faith just aren’t convincing. The efforts to justify a cruel god who drowns children, calls for the deaths of families by the sword, punishment of children by stoning, and the burning of the daughters of Levite priests is understandably too much for some believers. Many Christians would rather just ignore those hard truths and focus on warm fuzzy poems like Footprints in the Sand.

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  9. Foghorn Leghorn

    Churches rely mostly on public schools and University's to articulate apologetics.

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  10. Jaqui Rox

    Ok I’ve got a solid question that they should address. How do we get past the knee jerk response of elders, to just say “well I think you’re being critical” in response to real basic, beginning apologetic comments??

    This is what I’m finding right now, and it’s hard to know how to respond. If you defend the apologetic spoken, you look defensive. But if you don’t, and say nothing, you concede the ground to the falsehood. What is an average Christian to do, when they encounter this response from elders?

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  11. Michael Green

    Churches definitely need to be open to apologetics to articulate the relevancy and need of Christ in a culture that increasingly obscures the truth and trivializes sin.

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply
  12. Gal220Life

    Grateful for the work of STR and J Warner! I’m genuinely thankful for the Apologetics Certificate via Biola and the free courses offered by STR! What I’ve gleaned the most is to keep getting into God’s Word. #Gal220 Meridith

    March 8, 2022 at 12:33 am Reply

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